Reverse Racism

It may be a little hard to tell as I’m trying to plough through the Wheel of Time and Dresden Files series, but I have been trying to make a conscious effort lately to select more books by women, POCs, and where the two overlap. Since I’m a horribly slow reader and, I reiterate, trying to get through two series authored by white men, the evidence for this shift is still mostly only found in my To Be Read and To Buy lists, where I’ve culled many of the white male authors present, and have started dismissing out of hand recommendations for books with white male authors.

And I’m not the only one. I started doing this after reading an article (lost to the annals of my browser history) in which the author wrote about her realization that the vast majority of the books she had read in her high school English classes had been authored by white men. More recently, heinous Heina has decided to exclusidely read non-male authors in 2015 and non-white authors in 2016 (you can read her explanation of this choice here).

My high school experience was very much as described. The few books that didn’t fit this trend were very tokenistic, the same collection of classics trotted out by every educator who doesn’t want to seem too archaic (To Kill A Mockingbird, Autobiography of Malcolm X, and… that’s it?).

Thankfully, my university reading lists were a bit more diverse. There were still plenty of classes with an entirely male reading list (now that I think about it, those classes were all taught by men), but I had a whole whack of professors who took special care in putting together a broad roster of authors. Best yet, this was also in many of the courses required for my degree, so they were unavoidable.

But what really highlighted the issue for me was when I started to dip my toe into the idea of doing a project like Heina’s. I’ve been wanting to get into SF/F more, because I always enjoyed the genres but never really had access to them. So I started with the “bests” lists, hoping to get through the classics and to move on from there. Unfortunately, those lists tend to be blanched sausage parties, and there’s only so much of that I can get through before I start to feel a little jaded – even when those authors make an effort to have diverse character lists.

When I tried to reach out and ask for recommendations of books not written by white men, only two names were really forthcoming – Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler. Both fantastic authors and entirely deserving of their fame, but oh my ghawd, they do not bring balance to the genres!

I’m very glad to see this acknowledged as an issue, and I’ve been especially pleased in just the last year or two to see reading recommendations for non-white/non-male authors become so much more common and accessible. When I first started trying to get into SF/F, it took a lot of googling to find anything beyond Le Guin and Butler. Now there are entire blogs devoted to the discussion.

This has been really meandering and mostly just a word-vomit of my thoughts on the subject. Since there are far better discussions elsewhere, in an effort to provide at least a little value, I thought I might mention some of SF/F books currently on my To Be Read list. Obviously, I can’t recommend any of these because I haven’t read them, but they have been recommended to me and maybe this list will be helpful to someone:

  • Ahmed, Saladin: Throne of the Crescent Moon
  • Brown, Rachel & Sherwood Smith: Stranger
  • Cashore, Kristin: Graceling
  • Cherryh, C.J.: Foreigner
  • Chima, Cinda Williams: The Wizard Heir trilogy
  • Cooper, Susan: The Dark Is Rising sequence
  • Croggon, Alison: The Naming
  • De Bodard, Aliette: Obsidian and Blood Trilogy
  • Delany, Samuel R.: Dhalgren
  • Elgin, Suzette Haden: Native Tongue
  • Elliott, Kate: Crown of Stars Series
  • Fox, Rose & Daniel José Older (ed.): Long Hidden (Anthology)
  • Friedman, C.S.: Black Sun Rising
  • Gentle, Mary: Grunts
  • Griffith, Nicola: Hild
  • Hanley, Victoria: The Seer and the Sword
  • Hendry, Frances M.: Quest for a Maid
  • Hobb, Robin: Liveship Traders Trilogy
  • Huff, Tanya: The Fire’s Stone
  • Hughes, Monica: The Golden Aquarians
  • Hurley, Kameron: The Mirror Empire
  • Jemison, N.K.: The Killing Moon
  • Kirstein, Rosemary: The Steerswoman
  • Liu, Cixin: The Three-Body Problem
  • Lo, Malinda: Huntress
  • Locke, M.J.: Up Against It
  • Lowachee, Karin: Warchild
  • Mandel, Emily St. John: Station Eleven
  • McKinley, Robin: The Blue Sword
  • Melling, O.R.: The Summer King
  • Norton, Andre: The Zero Stone
  • Pierce, Tamora: Alanna: The First Adventure
  • Priest, Cherie: Boneshaker
  • Samatar, Sofia: A Stranger in Olondria
  • Sargent, Pamela: Earthseed
  • Snyder, Maria V.: Poison Study
  • Stanton, Mary: Unicorns of Balinor
  • Tepper, Sheri S.: The Gate to Women’s Country
  • Valente, Catherynne: Deathless
  • Wecker, Helene: The Golem and the Jinni

10 Great Banned Science Fiction Books

  1. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  3. The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Go read through the whole article for a summary of each book and the reason for its banning.

How many of these have you read? Did you read them in school or on your own?

3 Essential Books You Should Read From Every Major Genre

So this is pretty neat – it’s a list of 3 books that you should read from every major genre. Go read the full article, as it provides the reasoning behind each choice. But if you want to cheat and just see the choices, here they are:

Fantasy

Science Fiction

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  • Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Horror

  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Crime/Noir/Thriller

  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  • All the Beautiful Sinners by Stephen Graham Jones

Young Adult

  • Harry Potter (entire series) by J.K. Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (entire series) by Lemony Snicket
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Short Story Collections

  • Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  • Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders

Literary Fiction

  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

I’ve read a few, a few are on my reading list, and I’ve never even heard of an embarrassingly large number of them. How about you?

Do you agree with these suggestions? Do you have suggestions of your own?

15 Young-Adult Books Every Adult Should Read

It’s no secret that I quite like the YA genre. I find that the books are often more imaginative than those marketed towards adults, and that they deal with more interesting issues. That’s by no means always the case, of course, but looking at the best examples of both, there are certainly far more YA books in my list of favourites than adult ones.

Mashable has come up with a list of YA books that they think every adult should read:

  1. Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
  2. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  4. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  5. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  6. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  9. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  10. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
  11. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  12. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  13. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  14. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
  15. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Of these, I can only say that I’ve heard of three, and I’ve only read one of those (The Book Thief). I’m a huge John Green fan, so I’m sure that An Abundance of Katherines is at least decent. Warm Bodies has come with mixed reviews.

How about you? Have you read of any of these? Should I prioritize reading any of them?

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

How many of these have you gotten through already? (I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read)

  1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Saturday – Ian McEwan
  3. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  4. Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  5. Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  6. The Sea – John Banville
  7. The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  8. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  9. The Master – Colm Tóibín
  10. Vanishing Point – David Markson
  11. The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  12. Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  13. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  14. Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  15. The Colour – Rose Tremain
  16. Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  17. The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  18. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  20. Islands – Dan Sleigh
  21. Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  22. London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  23. Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  24. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  25. The Double – José Saramago
  26. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  27. Unless – Carol Shields
  28. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  29. The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  30. That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  31. In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  32. Shroud – John Banville
  33. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  34. Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  35. Dead Air – Iain Banks
  36. Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  37. The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  38. Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  39. Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  40. Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  41. Schooling – Heather McGowan
  42. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  43. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  44. Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  45. The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  46. Fury – Salman Rushdie
  47. At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  48. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  50. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  51. An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  52. The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  53. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  54. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  55. The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
  56. Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  57. Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  58. Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  59. Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  60. City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  61. How the Dead Live – Will Self
  62. The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  63. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  64. After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  65. Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  66. Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  67. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  68. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  69. Pastoralia – George Saunders

1900s

  1. Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  2. The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  3. Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  4. As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  5. Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  6. Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  7. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  8. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  9. Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  10. Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  11. Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  12. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  13. Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  14. All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  15. The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  16. Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  17. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  18. Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  19. Another World – Pat Barker
  20. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  21. Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  22. Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  23. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  24. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  25. Great Apes – Will Self
  26. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  27. Underworld – Don DeLillo
  28. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  29. The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  30. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  31. The Untouchable – John Banville
  32. Silk – Alessandro Baricco
  33. Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  34. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  35. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  36. The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  37. Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  38. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  39. The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  40. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  41. The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  42. Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  43. The Information – Martin Amis
  44. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  45. Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  46. The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  47. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  48. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  49. Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  50. The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
  51. Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  52. The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  53. Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
  54. Land – Park Kyong-ni
  55. The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  56. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  57. Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  58. City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
  59. How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  60. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  61. Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  62. Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  63. The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  64. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  65. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  66. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  67. Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  68. Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  69. Complicity – Iain Banks
  70. On Love – Alain de Botton
  71. What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  72. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  73. The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  74. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  75. The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  76. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  77. The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  78. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  79. Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
  80. The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  81. A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  82. Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  83. Indigo – Marina Warner
  84. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
  85. Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
  86. Jazz – Toni Morrison
  87. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  88. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
  89. The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
  90. Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
  91. The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
  92. Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  93. Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  94. Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  95. Arcadia – Jim Crace
  96. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  97. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  98. Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
  99. Mao II – Don DeLillo
  100. Typical – Padgett Powell
  101. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  102. Downriver – Iain Sinclair
  103. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
  104. Wise Children – Angela Carter
  105. Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
  106. Amongst Women – John McGahern
  107. Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
  108. Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
  109. Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  110. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  111. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  112. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  113. Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  114. Possession – A.S. Byatt
  115. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
  116. The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
  117. A Disaffection – James Kelman
  118. Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  119. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  120. Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  121. Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  122. The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  123. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  124. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  125. The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  126. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  127. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  128. London Fields – Martin Amis
  129. The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  130. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  131. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  132. The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
  133. Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  134. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  135. The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  136. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  137. Libra – Don DeLillo
  138. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  139. Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  140. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
  141. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  142. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
  143. The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
  144. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  145. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  146. The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
  147. The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  148. Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  149. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  150. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  151. World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  152. Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
  153. The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  154. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  155. Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
  156. Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  157. Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
  158. Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
  159. The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
  160. Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
  161. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  162. Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
  163. Foe – J.M. Coetzee
  164. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
  165. Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
  166. The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
  167. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  168. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  169. The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  170. A Maggot – John Fowles
  171. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  172. Contact – Carl Sagan
  173. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  174. Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  175. Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
  176. White Noise – Don DeLillo
  177. Queer – William Burroughs
  178. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  179. Legend – David Gemmell
  180. Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavi?
  181. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
  182. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
  183. The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  184. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  185. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  186. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  187. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  188. Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
  189. Neuromancer – William Gibson
  190. Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  191. Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  192. Shame – Salman Rushdie
  193. Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
  194. Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
  195. La Brava – Elmore Leonard
  196. Waterland – Graham Swift
  197. The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  198. The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
  199. The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
  200. The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
  201. If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
  202. A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  203. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  204. Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
  205. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  206. Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  207. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  208. The Newton Letter – John Banville
  209. On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
  210. Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  211. The Names – Don DeLillo
  212. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
  213. Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
  214. The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  215. July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  216. Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
  217. Broken April – Ismail Kadare
  218. Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  219. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  220. Rites of Passage – William Golding
  221. Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
  222. Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  223. City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  224. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  225. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  226. Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
  227. Shikasta – Doris Lessing
  228. A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  229. Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer
  230. The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
  231. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  232. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  233. The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  234. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  235. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  236. The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  237. The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
  238. Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  239. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
  240. In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  241. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
  242. Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  243. The Shining – Stephen King
  244. Dispatches – Michael Herr
  245. Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  246. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  247. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  248. The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
  249. Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
  250. The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  251. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
  252. Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
  253. Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
  254. Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
  255. Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
  256. W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  257. A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
  258. Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  259. The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
  260. Fateless – Imre Kertész
  261. Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
  262. High Rise – J.G. Ballard
  263. Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
  264. Dead Babies – Martin Amis
  265. Correction – Thomas Bernhard
  266. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  267. The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
  268. Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
  269. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  270. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
  271. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  272. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  273. A Question of Power – Bessie Head
  274. The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
  275. The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  276. Crash – J.G. Ballard
  277. The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
  278. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  279. The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  280. Sula – Toni Morrison
  281. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  282. The Breast – Philip Roth
  283. The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  284. G – John Berger
  285. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  286. House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
  287. In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
  288. The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  289. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  290. Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
  291. The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
  292. Rabbit Redux – John Updike
  293. The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
  294. The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  295. The Ogre – Michael Tournier
  296. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  297. Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  298. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  299. Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
  300. Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  301. Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
  302. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  303. Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
  304. Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
  305. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
  306. Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  307. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  308. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
  309. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  310. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  311. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
  312. Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  313. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
  314. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
  315. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
  316. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
  317. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
  318. Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  319. The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  320. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  321. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  322. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
  323. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
  324. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  325. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
  326. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
  327. Chocky – John Wyndham
  328. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  329. The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  330. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  331. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  332. Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
  333. The Joke – Milan Kundera
  334. No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
  335. The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
  336. A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
  337. The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  338. Trawl – B.S. Johnson
  339. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  340. The Magus – John Fowles
  341. The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
  342. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  343. Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
  344. The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  345. Things – Georges Perec
  346. The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  347. August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
  348. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  349. Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
  350. The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
  351. Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  352. Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
  353. Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
  354. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  355. The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
  356. Herzog – Saul Bellow
  357. V. – Thomas Pynchon
  358. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  359. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  360. Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
  361. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  362. The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
  363. Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  364. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  365. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  366. The Collector – John Fowles
  367. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  368. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  369. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  370. The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  371. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  372. Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
  373. Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
  374. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
  375. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  376. Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  377. A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
  378. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
  379. Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  380. Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
  381. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  382. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  383. The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
  384. How It Is – Samuel Beckett
  385. Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
  386. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  387. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  388. Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  389. Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
  390. Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
  391. Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
  392. Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  393. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
  394. Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
  395. Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  396. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
  397. Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  398. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  399. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  400. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
  401. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  402. The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
  403. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  404. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  405. Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  406. Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  407. The End of the Road – John Barth
  408. The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  409. The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  410. Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  411. Voss – Patrick White
  412. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  413. Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  414. Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  415. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  416. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  417. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  418. The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
  419. Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  420. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  421. The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  422. The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  423. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  424. The Floating Opera – John Barth
  425. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  426. The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  427. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  428. A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  429. The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  430. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  431. The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
  432. The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  433. The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  434. Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  435. I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  436. Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  437. The Story of O – Pauline Réage
  438. A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  439. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  440. Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  441. The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  442. The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  443. The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  444. Watt – Samuel Beckett
  445. Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  446. Junkie – William Burroughs
  447. The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  448. Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  449. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  450. The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  451. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  452. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  453. Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  454. The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  455. Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  456. Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  457. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  458. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  459. The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  460. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  461. The Rebel – Albert Camus
  462. Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  463. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  464. The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  465. The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  466. The Third Man – Graham Greene
  467. The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  468. Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  469. The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  470. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  471. The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  472. The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  473. Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  474. The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  475. The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  476. Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  477. The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  478. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  479. All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  480. Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  481. Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  482. The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  483. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  484. Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  485. The Victim – Saul Bellow
  486. Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  487. If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  488. Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  489. The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  490. The Plague – Albert Camus
  491. Back – Henry Green
  492. Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  493. The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  494. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  495. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  496. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  497. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  498. Loving – Henry Green
  499. Arcanum 17 – André Breton
  500. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  501. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  502. Transit – Anna Seghers
  503. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
  504. Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  505. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  506. Caught – Henry Green
  507. The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  508. Embers – Sandor Marai
  509. Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  510. The Outsider – Albert Camus
  511. In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
  512. The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
  513. The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
  514. Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  515. Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  516. The Hamlet – William Faulkner
  517. Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
  518. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  519. Native Son – Richard Wright
  520. The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  521. The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
  522. Party Going – Henry Green
  523. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  524. Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  525. At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  526. Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  527. Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  528. Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
  529. Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  530. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  531. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
  532. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  533. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  534. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  535. Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
  536. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  537. U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
  538. Murphy – Samuel Beckett
  539. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  540. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  541. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  542. The Years – Virginia Woolf
  543. In Parenthesis – David Jones
  544. The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
  545. Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
  546. To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  547. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  548. Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
  549. The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  550. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  551. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  552. Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
  553. Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  554. At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  555. Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  556. Independent People – Halldór Laxness
  557. Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
  558. The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
  559. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
  560. The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
  561. England Made Me – Graham Greene
  562. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  563. The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
  564. Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
  565. Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
  566. The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  567. Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
  568. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  569. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  570. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  571. Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  572. Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
  573. Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  574. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  575. Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  576. A Day Off – Storm Jameson
  577. The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  578. A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  579. Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  580. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  581. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  582. To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
  583. The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  584. The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
  585. The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  586. The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
  587. Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
  588. The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
  589. Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  590. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  591. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  592. Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  593. Passing – Nella Larsen
  594. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  595. Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  596. Living – Henry Green
  597. The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  598. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  599. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
  600. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  601. Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  602. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  603. Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
  604. Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  605. Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  606. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  607. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  608. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
  609. The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  610. Quartet – Jean Rhys
  611. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  612. Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  613. Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
  614. Nadja – André Breton
  615. Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
  616. Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  617. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  618. Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
  619. Amerika – Franz Kafka
  620. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  621. Blindness – Henry Green
  622. The Castle – Franz Kafka
  623. The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
  624. The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  625. One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  626. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  627. The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  628. Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  629. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  630. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  631. The Counterfeiters – André Gide
  632. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  633. The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
  634. The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
  635. Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  636. The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
  637. The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  638. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  639. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  640. The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  641. Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  642. Cane – Jean Toomer
  643. Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  644. Amok – Stefan Zweig
  645. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  646. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
  647. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  648. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  649. The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  650. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
  651. The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  652. Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  653. Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  654. Ulysses – James Joyce
  655. The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  656. Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  657. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  658. Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  659. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  660. Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  661. Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
  662. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  663. The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  664. Summer – Edith Wharton
  665. Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
  666. Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  667. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  668. Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
  669. Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  670. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  671. The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  672. Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  673. The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  674. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  675. Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  676. Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
  677. Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  678. Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  679. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  680. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  681. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  682. The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
  683. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  684. Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  685. Howards End – E.M. Forster
  686. Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
  687. Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  688. Martin Eden – Jack London
  689. Strait is the Gate – André Gide
  690. Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  691. The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  692. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  693. The Iron Heel – Jack London
  694. The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  695. The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
  696. Mother – Maxim Gorky
  697. The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  698. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  699. Young Törless – Robert Musil
  700. The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
  701. The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  702. Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  703. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  704. Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  705. Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
  706. The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  707. The Ambassadors – Henry James
  708. The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  709. The Immoralist – André Gide
  710. The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  711. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  712. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  713. Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  714. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  715. Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  716. Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad

1800s

  1. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
  2. The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
  3. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  4. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  5. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  6. The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  7. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  8. Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  9. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  10. Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
  11. The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  12. The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  13. Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
  14. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  15. The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  16. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  17. Born in Exile – George Gissing
  18. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
  19. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. News from Nowhere – William Morris
  21. New Grub Street – George Gissing
  22. Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
  23. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  24. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  25. The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  26. La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
  27. By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
  28. Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  29. The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  30. Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  31. Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  32. The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
  33. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  34. She – H. Rider Haggard
  35. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  36. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  37. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  38. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  39. Germinal – Émile Zola
  40. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  41. Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  42. Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  43. Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  44. The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  45. A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  46. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  47. The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
  48. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  49. Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  50. Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  51. Nana – Émile Zola
  52. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  53. The Red Room – August Strindberg
  54. Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  55. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  56. Drunkard – Émile Zola
  57. Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  58. Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  59. The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  60. The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  61. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  62. The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  63. Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  64. In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  65. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  66. Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  67. Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  68. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  69. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  70. King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  71. He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  72. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  73. Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  74. Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  75. Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
  76. The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  77. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  78. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  79. Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
  80. The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  81. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  82. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  83. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  84. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  85. Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  86. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  87. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  88. Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  89. Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  90. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  91. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  92. On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  93. Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  94. The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  95. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  96. The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  97. Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  98. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  99. Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
  100. Adam Bede – George Eliot
  101. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  102. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  103. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  104. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  105. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  106. Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  107. Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  108. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  109. The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  110. The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  111. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  112. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  113. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  114. Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  115. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  116. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  117. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  118. Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  119. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  120. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  121. The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  122. La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  123. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  124. The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  125. Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  126. The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  127. Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
  128. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  129. Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  130. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  131. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  132. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  133. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  134. The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
  135. Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
  136. Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
  137. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  138. The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  139. The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
  140. Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  141. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  142. The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  143. Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  144. The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  145. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  146. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  147. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  148. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  149. Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  150. Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  151. Emma – Jane Austen
  152. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  153. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  154. The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  155. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  156. Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  157. Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth

1700s

  1. Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
  2. The Nun – Denis Diderot
  3. Camilla – Fanny Burney
  4. The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  5. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  6. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  7. The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  8. The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
  9. Justine – Marquis de Sade
  10. Vathek – William Beckford
  11. The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
  12. Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  13. Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  14. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  15. Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  16. Evelina – Fanny Burney
  17. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  18. Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  19. The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  20. A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  21. Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  22. The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  23. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  24. Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  25. Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
  26. Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  27. Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  28. Candide – Voltaire
  29. The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  30. Amelia – Henry Fielding
  31. Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  32. Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  33. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  34. Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  35. Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  36. Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  37. Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  38. Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  39. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  40. A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  41. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  42. Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  43. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  44. Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  45. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  46. A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift

Pre-1700

  1. Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  2. The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
  3. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  4. Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  5. The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
  6. Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  7. Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
  8. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  9. The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  10. Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  11. Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  12. Metamorphoses – Ovid
  13. Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus

I come to a pretty pitiful total of 67. How about you?

Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalists

NPR did a Science Fiction and Fantasy vote way back in the bygone days of 2011. Of course, late to the party as ever, I’m only just hearing about it!

But it makes for a good challenge if anyone is interested in reading highly esteemed Science Fiction and Fantasy books!

(I’ve been trying to catch up on SF&F classics for a few months now, so I’ve taken the liberty of bolding those works that I’ve read so far.)

  • 1632, by Eric Flint
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
  • The Acts Of Caine Series, by Matthew Woodring Stover
  • The Algebraist, by Iain M. Banks
  • Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan
  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
  • Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
  • Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers
  • Armor, by John Steakley
  • The Baroque Cycle, by Neal Stephenson
  • Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard
  • Beggars In Spain, by Nancy Kress
  • The Belgariad, by David Eddings
  • The Black Company Series, by Glen Cook
  • The Black Jewels Series, by Anne Bishop
  • The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Bridge Of Birds, by Barry Hughart
  • The Callahan’s Series, by Spider Robinson
  • A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
  • The Cat Who Walked Through Walls, by Robert Heinlein
  • Cat’s Cradle , by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
  • The Change Series, by S.M. Stirling
  • Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Children Of God, by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
  • The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The City And The City, by China Mieville
  • City And The Stars, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
  • The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
  • The Coldfire Trilogy, by C.S. Friedman
  • The Commonwealth Saga, by Peter F. Hamilton
  • The Company Wars, by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
  • Contact, by Carl Sagan
  • Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
  • The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
  • The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
  • The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
  • The Day of Triffids, by John Wyndham
  • Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison
  • The Deed of Paksennarion Trilogy, by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
  • The Deverry Cycle, by Katharine Kerr
  • Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany
  • The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
  • The Difference Engine, by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling
  • The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
  • Don’t Bite The Sun, by Tanith Lee
  • Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
  • Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
  • Dreamsnake, by Vonda McIntyre
  • The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
  • Earth, by David Brin
  • Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart
  • The Eisenhorn Omnibus, by Dan Abnett
  • The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • Eon, by Greg Bear
  • The Eyes Of The Dragon, by Stephen King
  • The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
  • The Faded Sun Trilogy, by C.J. Cherryh
  • Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser Series, by Fritz Leiber
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
  • The Female Man, by Joanna Russ
  • The Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
  • The First Law Trilogy, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
  • The Foreigner Series, by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
  • The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  • The Gaea Trilogy, by John Varley
  • The Gap Series, by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The Gate To Women’s Country, by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Gone-Away World, by Nick Harkaway
  • The Gormenghast Triology, by Mervyn Peake
  • Grass, by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  • The Heechee Saga, by Frederik Pohl
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  • The Hollows Series, by Kim Harrison
  • House Of Leaves, by Mark Danielewski
  • The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
  • I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
  • I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
  • The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
  • The Incarnations Of Immortality Series, by Piers Anthony
  • The Inheritance Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
  • A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
  • Kindred, by Octavia Butler
  • The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Kraken, by China Mieville
  • The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Last Call, by Tim Powers
  • The Last Coin, by James P. Blaylock
  • The Last Herald Mage Trilogy, by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Lathe Of Heaven, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
  • The Lensman Series, by E.E. Smith
  • The Liaden Universe Series, by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  • The Lies Of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
  • Lilith’s Brood, by Octavia Butler
  • Little, Big, by John Crowley
  • The Liveship Traders Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
  • Lord Of Light, by Roger Zelazny
  • The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Lord Valentine’s Castle, by Robert Silverberg
  • Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
  • Lud-in-the-Mist, by Hope Mirrlees
  • The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
  • The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
  • The Man In The High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
  • The Manifold Trilogy, by Stephen Baxter
  • The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
  • Memory And Dream, by Charles de Lint
  • Memory, Sorrow, And Thorn Trilogy, by Tad Williams
  • Mindkiller, by Spider Robinson
  • The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
  • Mordant’s Need, by Stephen Donaldson
  • More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
  • The Naked Sun, by Isaac Asimov
  • The Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson
  • Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Newsflesh Triology, by Mira Grant
  • The Night’s Dawn Trilogy, by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Norstrilia, by Cordwainer Smith
  • Novels Of The Company, by Kage Baker
  • The Number Of The Beast, by Robert Heinlein
  • Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
  • On Basilisk Station, by David Weber
  • The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
  • Oryx And Crake, by Margaret Atwood
  • The Otherland Tetralogy, by Tad Williams
  • The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
  • Parable Of The Sower, by Octavia Butler
  • The Passage, by Justin Cronin
  • Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
  • Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
  • The Prestige, by Christopher Priest
  • The Pride Of Chanur, by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Prince Of Nothing Trilogy, by R. Scott Bakker
  • The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  • Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge
  • Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Replay, by Ken Grimwood
  • Revelation Space, by Alistair Reynolds
  • Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban
  • The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
  • Ringworld, by Larry Niven
  • The Riverworld Series, by Philip Jose Farmer
  • The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Saga Of Pliocene Exile, by Julian May
  • The Saga Of Recluce, by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
  • The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sarantine Mosaic Series, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick
  • The Scar, by China Mieville
  • The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
  • The Shattered Chain Trilogy, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Sirens Of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
  • Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
  • The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge
  • Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
  • Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip
  • A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
  • The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
  • The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Books, by Harry Harrison
  • Stand On Zanzibar, by John Brunner
  • The Stand, by Stephen King
  • Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester
  • Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
  • Stations Of The Tide, by Michael Swanwick
  • Steel Beach, by John Varley
  • Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
  • Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
  • The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
  • The Swordspoint Trilogy, by Ellen Kushner
  • The Tales of Alvin Maker, by Orson Scott Card
  • The Temeraire Series, by Naomi Novik
  • The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
  • Tigana , by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Time Enough For Love, by Robert Heinlein
  • The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  • To Say Nothing Of The Dog, by Connie Willis
  • The Troy Trilogy, by David Gemmell
  • Ubik, by Philip K. Dick
  • The Uplift Saga, by David Brin
  • The Valdemar Series, by Mercedes Lackey
  • VALIS, by Philip K. Dick
  • Venus On The Half-Shell, by Kilgore Trout/Philip Jose Farmer
  • The Vlad Taltos Series, by Steven Brust
  • The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Vurt Trilogy, by Jeff Noon
  • The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
  • Watchmen, by Alan Moore
  • Watership Down, by Richard Adams
  • The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Way Station, by Clifford D. Simak
  • We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
  • When Gravity Fails, by George Alec Effinger
  • Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
  • Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
  • The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • World War Z, by Max Brooks
  • The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison
  • The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon

Back to Classics Challenge

This was a 2012 challenge, so I’m afraid that I’m rather late to the party, but it’s still an excellent idea! Hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much, the objective is to read within one year:

  1. Any 19th Century Classic
  2. Any 20th Century Classic
  3. Reread a classic of your choice
  4. A Classic Play
  5. Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  6. Classic Romance
  7. Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language
  8. Classic Award Winner
  9. Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime  – Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.

So, any takers? Leave a comment with your choices for each category!

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

Another great reading challenge: 1001 books to read before you die. I’ve had a look through the list to see which ones I’ve already read: 67, not too shabby!

  1. 1001 Nights (first volume)
  2. The Golden Ass by Apuleius
  3. Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
  4. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
  5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  6. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  7. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  8. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
  9. The Interesting Narrative by Oloudah Equiano
  10. The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  12. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  14. The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
  15. Oliver Twist by CharlesDickens
  16. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
  17. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe
  18. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  20. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  21. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  22. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  23. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevksy
  24. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  25. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  26. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
  29. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  32. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  33. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  34. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  35. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  36. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  37. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  38. Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  39. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  40. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  41. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  42. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  43. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  44. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  45. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  46. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  47. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (just The Fellowship of the Ring)
  48. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  49. The Midwitch Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  50. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  51. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  52. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  53. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  54. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  55. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  56. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munroe
  57. Interview With a Vampire by Ann Rice
  58. The Wars by Timothy Findley
  59. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  60. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  61. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  62. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  63. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  64. Contact by Carl Sagan
  65. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb
  66. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  67. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Which ones have you read? And did you have any plans for the next 19 years?

2013 Book Bingo Challenge

bingo-challenge-2013-scorecard-01Looking for a reading challenge for 2013?

I know a lot of people already have absurdly long reading lists, so challenges that add specific books aren’t always welcome. So here’s one that just focuses on reading categories!

Like in Bingo, you start with a scorecard and try to fill in a full row (or, as an optional extra challenge, make a pattern!).

So have a go at the 2013 Book Bingo Challenge!

Banned Books Week

Well we’re a couple days into Banned Books Week and I have to admit that it’s just flown right by me this year. Thankfully, I friend sent me a link to the American Library Association’s list of books from the top 100 classics that have been banned or contested (spoiler alert: Someone has banned, or tried to ban, almost half of the books you read in high school English).

So if you want to participated in Banned Books Week and cross a few literary heavy weights off your list, this list is for you!

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses by James Joyce
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. 1984 by George Orwell
  10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
  12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  23. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  27. Native Son by Richard Wright
  28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  39. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  40. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  52. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  64. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  68. Light in August by William Faulkner
  69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  75. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
  76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
  79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  85. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  87. The Bostonians by Henry James
  88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
  99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Remember, folks – You kill fascism every time you read a banned book!